Doing that will mean expecting a better tomorrow
There is a saying, “if you can change attitudes, you can change lives.” There is a need to develop an attitude that every one has the right to quality education, unfortunately that is not happening and in Jammu and Kashmir it has given birth to a class system. The worse part is that even the state government has given up on this issue, the government schools have been pushed to the backyards where quality has been consigned to the dustbin and it has become a fashion for the powers that be, not just for the past one decade or so, but for decades together that the government schools cannot produce quality. So let them be what they are. There is no need to give them any infrastructure, qualified teachers, nor these schools are to be considered for any thing special. A majority of the population that cannot afford high fees and other expensive things that the private schools ask for, send their children to the government schools, some of them, knowing that nothing would come out of that. Others, however, believe that something will come out. And nothing comes out, because there is no commitment anywhere.
It is useless to talk about the Centrally sponsored schemes like Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan or operation blackboard, because these schemes have only helped the politicians and the bureaucrats to line their pockets, and the money was hardly used for the purpose for which it was meant. The children remain as illiterate or semi-illiterate with or without these schemes. Jammu and Kashmir has such a distinction not in just the field of education, its story for all the centrally sponsored schemes is having the same script to read. The central government, too, is not keen on monitoring the details, because every year, during summer the central government ministers and babus are treated to free holidaying in the Valley and Kashmiri gifts overflow of their baggage. That is all. So the purpose is served. No questions are asked, hence there is no point in offering any explanation from the state’s side. But what is being done in the education sector is much more dangerous and filled with corruption and it can have very serious consequences.
Today’s generation apart from hearing the political slogans that have served no one till date, are also exposed to the world of satellite TV. They are becoming class conscious. They feel neglected. Any argument that it happens all over the world and particularly in all parts of this country will not hold ground, because Kashmir is different. It is not that private schools are responsible for the situation that may arise in future, it is the system where `public school' or `English medium school' is creating wedge. Because the government schools are plagued with lack of policy and vision on the part of the powers that be.
And, things have been worsened by the fact that teachers are appointed under much hyped “Rehbar-e-Taleem” scheme, who get peanuts to teach the children- the young generation that knows what is happening in the world all over. This scheme was started by a politician who himself was a teacher and ventured into politics and was made minister of state for education. He thought that this was the best idea to get teachers for the local schools, not realizing the fact that the world has changed. The minister's legacy is being carried on and no body is raising any questions as to how these teachers employed under the scheme are living. The amount that they are getting is not sufficient even to survive in the real world. Montek Singh Ahaluwalia’s world, however, is a different story altogether. Secondly, it is not being asked as to how the people with such a meager salary would be committed to their job and mission and who would suffer in the long run and who would suffer. It is the state of Jammu and Kashmir that is going to suffer. There is a need to have a vision, which should be realistic, not drawn from the elite models but the one which connects a child from Kupwara to the world as an equal Otherwise there would be such a void that would never be bridged. It is high time to change the attitude.
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